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Northern Lights Viewing Adventure Experience the Wonder of the Aurora Borealis in Yukon

6 nights

Grab the chance between late August and mid October for optimal viewing of the spectacular Northern Lights! Experience this natural phenomenon while enjoying an amazing variety of activities. You can have a go at dog sledding, canoeing, fishing for rainbow trout and arctic grayling, ATV driving, hiking through scenery lit up by incredible fall colours and sightseeing in Whitehorse.

Stay at the deluxe Uncommon Journey's Wildnerness Lodge and go for a paddle on a pristine Yukon lake, then travel by ATV to the Yurt Basecamp for dynamic lightshows of the Aurora Borealis amidst the fall beauty of Yukon's wilderness. Enjoy the spectacular views from Mount Ingram, deep within the historic Ibex River Valley. Relax in a hot tub after sampling gourmet cuisine and premium wines in your comfortable and warm wilderness accommodations.

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Day 1

Whitehorse

Arrive Whitehorse and transfer to a city hotel. 1 night in Whitehorse....

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Day 2

Whitehorse to Scout Lake

You will be picked up at the airport and driven 25 minutes to the Uncommon Journeys Wilderness Lo...

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Day 3

Scout Lake to Ibex River Valley

This morning you will have an ATV driving lesson, then drive 3 hours to the Wilderness Yurt...

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Day 4

Ibex River Valley

Today you will go on an amazing Yukon hike for as long and as high as you desire. (Daypacks...

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Day 5

Ibex River Valley to Scout Lake

After brunch, pack up your gear for the ATV drive back to the Wilderness Lodge at the Homest...

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Day 6

Scout Lake to Takhini River

Today you will drive to Kusuawa Lake and the beautiful Takhini River. At this time of year it is...

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Day 7

Scout Lake to Whitehorse

Time to return to Whitehorse for your flight home....

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Day 1

Whitehorse

Arrive Whitehorse and transfer to a city hotel.

1 night in Whitehorse.

 

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Day 2

Whitehorse to Scout Lake

You will be picked up at the airport and driven 25 minutes to the Uncommon Journeys Wilderness Lodge, “The Homestead”. After getting outfitted in dog sledding gear, enjoy a 2 hour dogsledding demonstration including a training run on an all terrain vehicle (ATV). You will then go to Scout Lake for a couple of hours learning to paddle Canadian canoes, listening to the arctic loons and even trying fishing for the huge rainbow trout that lurk in the deepest reaches of the lake. Dinner is followed by a lecture and video about the Aurora Borealis, and snacks and hot drinks are enjoyed later that evening during the Aurora viewing. Tonight you sleep in log cabins or yurts with cozy duvets and stoves.

1 night at the Uncommon Journeys Wilderness Lodge.

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Day 3

Scout Lake to Ibex River Valley

This morning you will have an ATV driving lesson, then drive 3 hours to the Wilderness Yurt Basecamp, stopping along the way to fish for arctic grayling and/or enjoy some time for photography and interpretive sessions about the flora and fauna of the Ibex Valley region. (All spin and fly fishing gear is supplied).

The trail you take into the Yukon wilderness was once a trapper’s route decades ago and is truly spectacular, especially in the autumn when the trees are in full colour. Your journey culminates with an incredible view from the trail, halfway up Mount Ingram (3000 ft above the valley floor). You make your descent to the Wilderness Basecamp of Mongolian yurts located on the pristine Ibex River. Tonight have a delicious meal cooked on the woodstove, and then enjoy a well deserved sauna and shower and fireside drinks while Aurora viewing. The Ibex River Valley is a fantastic place to watch the Aurora Borealis and you can lay out on the valley floor dressed in parkas while laying on sleeping mats, while watching the breathtaking dynamic show of the Northern Lights. Tonight you sleep in a warm yurt, with a 5 foot glass dome overhead so you may watch the Aurora Borealis from the privacy of your own bed.

2 nights at the Wilderness Yurt Basecamp.

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Day 4

Ibex River Valley

Today you will go on an amazing Yukon hike for as long and as high as you desire. (Daypacks and water bottles are provided for each guest.) Some guests may prefer to stay around the camp, relaxing while enjoying appetizers around the fire or in the main yurt by the woodstove. Guests may also decide to try to catch some of the fine arctic grayling found in the ‘Home Pool” directly in front of the main yurt. Hikers return in time for a sauna and shower, another fabulous meal and with any luck, more Northern Lights “slideshows”.

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Day 5

Ibex River Valley to Scout Lake

After brunch, pack up your gear for the ATV drive back to the Wilderness Lodge at the Homestead. Following lunch, guests are driven into Whitehorse for a town tour which includes visiting the SS Klondike, a restored Klondike paddle wheeler, the MacBride Museum, an excellent display depicting all elements of Yukon culture, heritage and history, as well as the Beringia Centre, which provides a great introduction to the history of the region in the Yukon that escaped the Ice Age and was populated by Mammoths and Sabretooth Tigers.

Dinner tonight is a barbeque with mouth watering steaks and several varieties of great Yukon brewed beer, and Martha’s killer chocolate Bundt cake! In the evening you may choose to watch the Aurora Borealis dance overhead from the comfort of the 6 person hot tub, sitting around the firepit, or on the porch of your cabin.

2 nights at the Uncommon Journeys Wilderness Lodge 'The Homestead'.

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Day 6

Scout Lake to Takhini River

Today you will drive to Kusuawa Lake and the beautiful Takhini River. At this time of year it is time for the salmon to migrate up the Yukon River and eventually up the the Takhini. Enjoy the day floating down this Class I river with a guide in Canadian canoes that are joined together to form a stable catamaran which is perfect for standing up in for photography. (Guests with previous canoeing skills may choose to paddle in a solo canoe). You will have a delicious fireside lunch at the one Class II rapid on the river, which guests may paddle, or walk around on the shore. You will return to the Homestead in time for dinner and more Northern Lights viewing that evening.

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Day 7

Scout Lake to Whitehorse

Time to return to Whitehorse for your flight home.

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